Funeral services for Lynn R. Thornhill, age 79, of 808 Congress Street, Ogdensburg, will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. at Frary Funeral Home with Rev. F. James Shurtleff officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Heuvelton. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Thornhill passed away Sunday, May 06, 2012, at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center.
Mr. Thornhill is survived by his wife, Katherine; three children, Cheryl Churchill and her husband, Russell, of Haverlock, NC, Pam Carroll and her husband, Scott, of Adams Center, and one son, Randy Thornhill of Ogdensburg; three brothers, Earl Sellers, Jr. and his wife, Janet, of Ogdensburg, Ray (Pete) Sellers of Goldsboro, NC and Roy Sellers, of CA; three sisters, Ethel Anderson and her husband, Jim, of Ogdensburg, Jean Ford of Tupper Lake, and Vivian Sharpe of Waddington; two half-sisters, Rhonda McMahon of Ohio and Paula McMahon, and her husband, Ronald, of Ogdensburg; one sister-in-law, Margaret Moran; three grandsons, Trevor and Jaret Caroll of Adams Center, and Brandon Churchill of Haverlock, NC; and one granddaughter, Christina of Raleigh, NC.
He was predeceased by three sisters, Barbara Sellers, Vaughn Morley and Patricia Wells; and four brothers, Wayne, TJ, Billy and Ronnie Sellers.
Mr. Thornhill was born on August 12, 1932 in Ogdensburg, the son of Morris and Thaida Paul Thornhill. After the death of his father he was raised by his step father, Earl Sellers. He married Katherine (Pat) Farrand on November 30, 1957 at Notre Dame Church with Rev. A. D. Charbonneau officiating. He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. He worked at Shade Roller, where he met his wife, and worked until 1966.
He then went to work as manager of J. Baker Shoes (the shoe department in the Ames Department Store) in Potsdam and Canton. J. Baker Shoes as manager of the shoe department at Ames Department Store in Canton for 29 years. He retired in 1995. He was commonly referred to as the “shoe man”. He enjoyed being with his family and his grandchildren. He loved going to Alexandria Bay to have picnics and watching boats on the river. He also enjoyed feeding the squirrels. He was an avid Yankee fan, coin collector, and piggy bank collector.
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